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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #375: December 24, 2023, 06:51:56 AM »
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/12/blue-jays-reportedly-sign-paolo-espino.html

Heyman reports in the NYPost the signing, which is presumably a minor league contract with an invite.

recapping his time with the Nats:
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Though he pitched just six innings for the club during the shortened [2020] season, the performance went reasonably well as he posted a 4.50 ERA and 4.02 FIP with seven strikeouts across two appearances.

That cup of coffee with the Nationals in 2020 kicked off a four-year stint in D.C. that saw Espino relied upon as a swingman for the rebuilding club. Espino appeared in 77 games for the Nationals between 2021 and 2022, drawing 38 starts and pitching 223 innings during that time. While his numbers, while unimpressive, were more or less that which would be expected of a club’s #5 or #6 starter: a 4.56 ERA (88 ERA+) and a 4.70 FIP despite a meager 19.5% strikeout rate thanks in large part to a walk rate of just 5.2%.

Things took a turn for the worse for Espino in 2023. The veteran righty pitched just four innings for the big league club this past season, and was lit up for 11 runs on 14 hits and three walks while striking out just three in that limited time on the mound. Though Espino’s 13 starts at the Triple-A level went better as he posted a 4.33 ERA across 60 1/3 innings of work, Espino’s season came to an end in July when the righty was placed on the injured list due to a flexor strain. The end of his time in the Nationals organization came shortly thereafter, as the club placed Espino on release waivers in early August.

He's looked good in the Dominican Winter League (2.40 ERA over 48.2 IP, 25.8 K%), which makes him a viable depth piece again.